Friends: Their buddy who went bottomless was acting on a dareA River Falls patrol officer came upon a man naked from the waist down as he walked near the intersection of Main Street and Cascade Avenue after 3 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. The 27-year-old Menomonie man was described as drunk and unable to explain the nudity that left his genitals exposed. The officer looked around and spotted some underwear and tennis shoes nearby on a curb.
By: Phil Pfuehler, River Falls Journal
A River Falls patrol officer came upon a man naked from the waist down as he walked near the intersection of Main Street and Cascade Avenue after 3 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. The 27-year-old Menomonie man was described as drunk and unable to explain the nudity that left his genitals exposed.
The officer looked around and spotted some underwear and tennis shoes nearby on a curb.
He asked the Menomonie man to put those on. The man did but struggled for nearly a minute slipping into the undies.
He was with two male friends. One found a pair of his shorts in some bushes.
The man’s buddies, said to be less intoxicated, claimed the whole thing was just a prank, that they had “depantsed” their friend by daring him to strip and wander around on Main Street. The man apparently accepted the dare.
For the daring acceptance to expose himself, the man was given a $303 citation for lewd and lascivious behavior and a 1:30 p.m. Oct. 10 River Falls Municipal Court date.
River Falls police also:
--Arrested a 35-year-old Medford man for drunk driving at 2:15 a.m. Friday at the Holiday convenience store on South Main Street. The man allegedly was driving with his high beams on and then backed into the Holiday building while trying to park.
--Cited a 20-year-old Stillwater, Minn., man for underage drinking-2nd offense at 11:40 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, outside the 227 E. Elm St. address. Officers were sent to that block because of fighting. The fight had broken up by the time police arrived. It was learned later that the Stillwater man, after drinking at the house on Elm Street, allegedly tried to drive away but was restrained by his friends – thus, the fighting. When asked for identification, the man at first produced a fake I.D., then a Minnesota driver’s license. The fake I.D. was confiscated and destroyed. The man was given a $303 fine.
--Investigated two burglaries to the same apartment at 1485 Wildcat Court and one at an apartment at 117 W. Church St., along with a house burglary in the 400 block of High Ridge Road. Taken in all these was a Dell XPS laptop computer, a six-string Fender acoustic guitar, box sets of DVDs, Sony Playstation 3 and video games, 32-inch flat-screen Vizio TV, X-box 360, Greek Dell laptop computer, Blue Kindle in a blue leather case, cash and change from a piggy bank, earrings, necklace and a debit card.
--Helped a 22-year-old Hudson man recover his lost HTC smart phone over the weekend. The man reported it stolen off a table at Boomer’s Bar, 106 N. Main St. However, through his GPS tracking system, he later pinpointed the phone’s location to a house at 126 S. Main St. An officer went there. A 26-year-old man inside said that, yes, he had the phone in his possession, it was turned on, unused and not tampered with. This person claimed he found the discarded phone on the street in front of Boomer’s. He was waiting for the owner to make contact. So the story has a mostly happy ending with smart phone and owner being reunited. The only dark cloud is that the phone’s $25 black-and-blue canvass case was never recovered.
For more, please see Police Beat in the Aug. 29 print edition of the River Falls Journal.